Eight-year-old Malcolm spent his whole life in foster care, where he experienced 14 failed placements and two failed adoptions. After six months with his current foster family, Malcolm began to exhibit behavioral issues at school and home. This was not only due to the trauma inflicted by drastic instability in his life, but also the psychotropic medications he was prescribed, which affected his sleep and changed his personality.
His foster mom struggled with his mood swings, which often manifested in physical aggression, as well as his issues with other students and teachers at school. Just as his foster mom was on the verge of requesting Malcolm be removed from her home, his Love Box leader asked if he could enroll Malcolm in a boxing class at a local gym to help release some frustration and tension. The Love Box group paid for the classes and coordinated taking Malcolm to class three times a week. After six weeks of consistent boxing classes, Malcolm began to flourish.